2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab

MSRP $45,000 Est.

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8.7

Overall Rating

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The majority of the people looking for a pickup truck, strive to reach some middle ground when considering the features, off-road capabilities, and driving pleasure. With these requirements in mind, the one pickup truck that comes into mind is the GMC Canyon. The Canyon has been around for almost 2 decades now and has really upgraded over time into an attractive-looking pickup with the bulky GMC genes. However, being an attractive-looking truck doesn’t mean it misses out on power. With super capable Petrol and Diesel motors, the Canyon makes everyday towing and transit a breeze.

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Pros

The mid-size Pickup truck is perfect for a variety of activities

Option to upgrade from a normal cargo to an extended cargo box

The extremely competitive price point

Nice exterior paint shades

Cons

No unique features to stand out from the competition

The interiors haven’t been updated for a long time

What's New?

This is a carryover model from 2021 and gets no new features

The optional High Elevation package has been rebranded to the Elevation Premium package

The Canyon is rumored to see a major overhaul for the 2023 model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

dr Crew Cab

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab in Cayenne Red color
Cayenne Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

8.8

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.7

Exterior

8.8

Safety

8.5

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.7

Overall Rating


As long as pickup trucks for leisure are concerned, the crew cabs have become immensely popular for their capacity in terms of both, seating and cargo. The new GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel is one of those pickup trucks which does a wonderful job in achieving that “middle ground” in terms of features, off-road capabilities and driving pleasure. Yet, there’s a lot of competition to cut through like the Honda Ridgeline, Jeep Gladiator, and the Canyon’s very own official sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado. At a price point of $39,000 let's find out how the 2022 GMC Canyon CrewCab Diesel fares.


9.9/10
Features

8.8/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.7/10
Interior

8.8/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety


2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Features

9.9/10

The 2022 GMC Canyon is available in four trims, the base Elevation Standard, the Elevation, the AT4, and the Denali. All these trims get a petrol-powered V6 engine, but the upper three trims also get a diesel-powered engine option. To substitute for the diesel engine, the Elevation standard trim gets a Weasley 4 cylinder engine. The Denali and AT4 trims have been reviewed separately so we will be talking about the only other diesel trim left, the Elevation trim in this review.

Diesel Pickup trucks are definitely more popular as they produce more torque which is ideal for increased towing. A diesel engine also offers greater fuel efficiency which will be helpful for doing long trips. On the downside, diesel motors are pricier than their petrol counterparts and are more expensive to maintain.

Trims

Elevation 

MSRP

$39,625

Features

All-wheel drive

 

Elevation package for driving at areas much above sea level

 

Cruise Control

 

Automatic rear locking differential

 

Tow/Haul mode for towing

 

4-wheel antilock disc brakes

 

LED fog lamps

 

EZ lift and lower tailgate

Which Trim should you buy?

In recent years, the Canyon has emerged as a medium-duty pickup truck for weekday towing and which doubles up as a leisure vehicle for the weekends. As such the Elevation trim at its price point is the perfect trim to opt for. With the higher trims like the AT4 and the Denali, the pricing increases exponentially with no major ground-breaking features other than an increased exterior appeal. It makes sense to upgrade to a large-sized pickup rather than opting for these trims.

Within the Elevation trim, apart from the diesel engine you also get to choose a V6 gasoline engine that is lively to drive. Yet, most people buy a pickup truck for work purposes and we won't be surprised to see the Diesel variant outsell the petrol variant. This is because the diesel variant has a towing capacity of way more than the petrol variant. Apart from this, there is also an option to choose from a standard cargo box or an extended cargo box on the rear. If you opt for the extended box it will be available to you only in the four-wheel drivetrain, whereas the standard box is available for the two-wheel drivetrain as well.

The release date for the 2022 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

Pre-orders for the 2022 GMC Canyon have commenced from July 1st, and production is slated to start from 26th August 2021.

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Engine and Performance

8.8/10

The 2022 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel option houses a 2.8L Duromax Turbo-Diesel 4 cylinder engine under the hood. This engine sets you back by another $4,500 more than the petrol V6. This is a turbocharged inline 4 motor. The Duromax engine generates a modest 181 horsepower and a meaty 369 lb-ft of torque. With that great torque figures comes the capability of towing cargo of almost 7,700 pounds. Compare this to the V6 engine option and you’ll find out that although the V6 packs in 300 horsepower, it only produces 275 lb-ft of torque which means that you can only tow about 7,000 pounds. 

The diesel engine definitely lacks punch and that’s what puts the GMC Canyon on the downside. It compensates for the same by promising the highest towing capacity in the segment. In fact, the V6 engine saves the day for the GMC Canyon in the performance sector and is actually one of the quickest pickups in the segment. The 2.4L Duromax engine of the GMC Canyon is mated to a 6-speed automatic which works just fine. The suspension setup consists of an Independent coil suspension in the front and a Multi-leaf suspension in the back. The good suspension along with the low profile tires hover around bad roads like a breeze. Still, at 18 inches, the tires of the GMC Canyon are rather small for their size.

Models

2022 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Diesel

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

MSRP

$39,625

$44,225

$37,810

$37,715

Engine

2.8L Duromax Turbo Diesel inline 4

3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel

2.8L Duromax Turbo Diesel inline 4

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

181hp @3400 rpm

260 hp @ 3600 rpm 

181hp @3400 rpm

280hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

442 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.1

7.6

9.1

6.5

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

15.9 

N/A

15

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

125

The GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel is definitely not the most powerful but the massive torque provides some lively acceleration. The GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado belong to the same parent company, GM Motors, and hence share the same Duramax Diesel engine. Hence, most of the figures here will remain the same for the two of them; but the Colorado also gets a ZR2 trim which is powered by the same engine but sees some performance part upgrades making it quicker and more fun to drive. 

The Jeep Gladiator Diesel has a massive engine which is justified given it is $5,000 pricier than the GMC Canyon and hence it does way better in horsepower and torque figures. Yet surprisingly, the towing capacity of the Jeep Gladiator is just around 6,000 lbs. The Honda Ridgeline is the only one in the competition that doesn’t have a diesel engine option. The 3.5L V6 Petrol engine is desirable and packs punchy performance. The 2022 GMC Canyon Diesel is fed with enough power to get the work done and the 4-Wheel drive combo just makes it a thrilling experience to drive this car. 

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The 2021 GMC Canyon Diesel provided decent mileage numbers of 19mpg in the city, 28mpg on the highway, and combined fuel efficiency of 22 mpg. These are the figures from the EPA, and since the 2021 GMC Canyon is being carried over for this year, we don’t expect these numbers to change.

Models

2022 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Diesel

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

MPG (City)

19

22

19

18

MPG (Highway)

28

28

28

25

MPG (Combined)

22

24

22

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21

22

21

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

399/588/462

484/616/528

399/588/462

351/487.5/409

The 2022 GMC Canyon and Colorado Diesel also sport a similar fuel efficiency level and one tank of fuel in both of them can get you to a lot of places. Anyways, the Jeep Gladiator puts them both to shame with a fuel efficiency of 22 miles to the gallon on city roads. It also has a bigger fuel tank capacity of 22 gallons. The Petrol Honda Ridgeline surely struggles here and it only has a 19.5-gallon tank. 

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Interior

8.7/10

The CrewCab of the GMC Canyon is a good place to be in, given that the extended cab version of the Canyon is completely cramped in the rear and practically just a two-seater. Unlike other pickup trucks, which aim to extend the ruggedness of the exterior to the interior; the Canyon’s interiors are surprisingly sedan-grade and are very basic yet not boring. Everything inside the 2022 Canyon CrewCab has been kept neat to the T. 

There’s the use of leather in generous amounts and even the instrument panel is wrapped in soft-touch plastics which is a very nice touch. There is immense practicality on offer with storage space under the rear seats and cubby holes in every corner along with two huge cup-holders in the center, which again is a very neat space because the parking brake happens to be a pedal on the floor rather than a hand-held one. The interiors come in a jet-black shade. The instrument cluster is an analog one with a 3.5-inch monochromatic information screen in the center which you can upgrade to a 4.2-inch color screen by paying more. 

The seats are done in cloth with bucket seats in the front. The passenger seat is two-way manually adjustable only, but the driver seat is six-way power-adjustable. By paying for the $1,400 High Elevation Package, you get leather-appointed front seats with heating functions and also a heated steering wheel. The High Elevation Package also provides lumbar support adjustment for the driver seat.

Models

2022 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Diesel

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom) 

41.4/57.5/45

42.8/55.7/41.2

41.4/57.5/45

39.5/62/40.9

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

38.3/56.2/35.8

42.8/55.7/38.3

36.7/57.3/28.6

38.8/61.5/36.7

Cargo Capacity

49.9

35.5

49.9

33.9

The Honda Ridgeline since its recent launch has become extremely popular for the best amount of space on offer in a mid-size crew cab. The Jeep Gladiator also has good seating space. Colorado and the GMC Canyon with their similar dimensions are especially cramped in the front, but the Canyon manages to outshine the Colorado in the rear space. Thankfully, the cargo space in both vehicles is the best in the segment. Some of the key interior features are:

  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Inside rearview auto-dimming mirror
  • Aluminum Interior trims
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear folding bench seat
  • Steering-wheel mounted controls
  • Single Zone Automatic Climate Control

How intuitive is the infotainment system

The 2022 GMC Canyon comes with the same diagonal 8-inch color touchscreen which was available in the past year’s model. Unfortunately, the 8-inch infotainment system is not legible enough from a distance and you really have to bend over to get your settings right. There is a 6 speaker setup that emits decent sound but you can upgrade to a premium Bose Surround system. There is also a Wifi hotspot system that needs a subscription for availing of all the features. Some of the features of the infotainment system are:

  • Microphones on the Driver side and Passenger side
  • Multi-touch display and AM/FM stereo
  • Bluetooth audio streaming for 2 active devices
  • Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phones
  • Android Auto capability for compatible phones
  • 2 type-A USB ports with a single auxiliary input jack located in the front console

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Exterior

8.8/10

The exteriors of the 2022 GMC are simple and really nice to look at. Definitely, it's high time that GMC changes the design language as it now looks very outdated. The 2022 GMC Canyon comes in five really eye-grabbing glossy metallic shades namely, the Cayenne Red, Satin Steel, Onyx Black, Desert Sand Metallic, Summit White, and Dynamic Blue Metallic. The rims come in a jet black shade which provides a good contrast to the body color. 

The exteriors of the 2022 GMC Canyon Diesel are bulky and surely the 18-inch tires look tiny for that stature. It's only in the Denali trim that you get 20-inch wheels and they look really nice. There’s good underbody cladding for superb off-road capability. The front grille is smaller than all the other trims but it is still large by mid-size pickup truck standards. The grille is tastefully done in a piano-black finish. The headlights and taillights are both very basic and the headlamps get halogen projector-beam lights.

Models

2022 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Diesel

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

Curb Weight

3932

4650

3968

4436

Length

224.6

218

212.7

210.2

Width

74.3

73.8

74.3

78.6

Height

70.5

75

70.3

70.8

Ground Clearance

8.1

10

8.3

N/A

Wheelbase

140.5

137.3

128.3

125.2

All the CrewCab trucks above have almost the same dimensions although the Honda Ridgeline with its massive width is way more comfortable. All of them are mid-sized pickup trucks and are not really a task to maneuver. One notable feature about the Jeep Gladiator is its ground clearance of 10 inches which makes it the prime choice for off-roading. Some of the key exterior features include;

  • LED fog lamps
  • 18’’ all-season Blackwall tires
  • Body-color heated power outside mirrors
  • Cab mounted cargo area lighting
  • EZ lift and lower tailgate
  • Manual sliding rear window
  • Daytime running headlamps

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Safety

8.5/10

The 2022 GMC Canyon sees no update whatsoever and it already misses out on a ton of driver aid functions, which have been made optional and are charged extra for. Some of these features which are missing are the front collision warning, lane departure warning, and an HD rear vision camera. You do get a rear vision camera as standard which does the job. Some of the features of the 2022 GMC Canyon Diesel are:

  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Traction control, electronic
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • ABS and ESP
  • 6 Airbags

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Competition

2022 GMC Canyon Diesel vs. the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel

Both come from the same parent brand and do borrow a lot of their parts from each other. The GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado are identical twins, except for the fact that while the Colorado is shorter in length, the GMC Canyon is bigger and has a heavy muscle-looking front which is a staple to the GMC DNA. All of the Colorado’s trims coincide with that of the GMC Canyon and each trim of the Colorado happens to be cheaper by almost $1,000 from the corresponding trim of the GMC Canyon. The Colorado also happens to be more capable off-road but they both have the same towing capacity at 7,700 lbs.

2022 GMC Canyon Diesel vs. the 2022 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel

The Jeep Gladiator’s V6 Diesel engine is definitely a powerhouse and with a 0-60 mph time of 7.6 seconds compared to the Canyon’s 9.1 seconds, is also definitely more fun to drive a car. It also has better mileage figures and a larger fuel tank. You also get plush Jeep interiors and a unique-looking pickup truck. On the downside, the towing capacity is only 6,500 lbs compared to the Canyon's 7,700 lbs. The premium of $5,000 dollars over the Canyon does make sense. So if you are ready to splurge, you are better off going with the Jeep Gladiator.

2022 GMC Canyon Diesel vs. the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline comes only in a petrol variant and its purpose is to make pickup truck driving look comfortable. There’s more space on offer and the Cargo space is decent and there are more features on offer, specifically in the interior with a more intuitive infotainment system with great sound. The Ridgeline is more of a holiday car rather than the essential pickup. The V6 with the I-vtec is also a pleasure to drive. If you’re not in for some heavy-duty and want a comfortable ride, then the ridgeline is for you.

2022 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Final Verdict

The new GMC Canyon Diesel is a practical pickup truck with good capabilities and a sturdy build. People who drive a Canyon mostly do it for their work activities and if you too want one for your work needs, then the Elevation trim with the diesel motor discussed here makes the most sense as it has decent power, good towing capacity, and is fuel-efficient. Since the Canyon hasn’t seen a refresh for a few years now, and with many rumors going the rounds of a completely new 2023 model year, it’s better off to wait if you’re not in a hurry.

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